Brandon Wheeland has compiled his NBA top 100 list of players for the 2017-2018 NBA season. This list was created using a variety of factors and there is no concrete formula. However, this list can be considered both factual and completely accurate.
The final 20 names. These are the stars and superstars of the league. Plenty of Warriors, a couple Rockets, and a few young stars on a quick rise. To the final installment of the list!
20 – Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat: I really like Hassan Whiteside. If I ever got to hang out with Hassan Whiteside, I don’t want to have to explain to him how I left him off the top 20.
19 – Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers: I think it is pretty cool how guys are moving all over the league to build super teams for rings. Meanwhile Dame just raps, and plays basketball extremely well. Please take note of the comma.
18 – Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks: Seeing someone at 7-foot-3 doing what Porzingis does is exhilarating to watch. Additionally, seeing someone at 7-foot-3 doing what Porzingis does makes me very nervous and I hope he stays healthy all year.
17 – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics: Maybe Kyrie belongs higher on this list and he will use this season to show that hidden in the shadows of LeBron was an outstanding talent. Maybe Cleveland takes out Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals and leaves Kyrie wishing he’d stayed in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving gives his game-worn shoes to a young fan repping his Cavs jersey💯 pic.twitter.com/luhnmxsUwQ
— NBA Gods (@SportsLeakers) October 7, 2017
16 – DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans: Boogie could really use a strong season in New Orleans, working well with Anthony Davis and showing the issues in Sacramento weren’t as much his fault as many assume. Headache or not, he’s one of the best in the league.
15 – Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves: He’s coming off a career-high in points and he brings defense to a team that desperately needs it. The Timberwolves are expected to make a big jump this season, and Butler should be a large part of that.
14 – Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder: I’m still not sold that he stays in Oklahoma City past this season, but the idea of George sharing the court with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony for a minimum of 82 games is must watch television. Stay healthy.
13 – Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: Greatest fourth option in NBA history. He can do a little of everything on the stat sheet and also scare the hell out of the opponent. Like Klay Thompson, if he were to leave Golden State for another team, he could easily climb the ranks of this list.
12 – John Wall, Washington Wizards: For some reason one of the NBA hot takes is that John Wall isn’t one of the best players in the NBA. Those people are very wrong.
11 – Chris Paul, Houston Rockets: He’s not trending upward on this list in the long term, but depending on how well things work out in Houston, he could be inside the top 10 at the end of the year. Of course he could also be hurt.
Just caught this no-look, back through-his-legs assist Chris Paul dropped to Eric Gordon. Goodness 😳 pic.twitter.com/VZDkkiFntj
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 11, 2017
10 – Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: You almost forget about Thompson at times with all the attention given to his teammates. He can get hot faster than any shooter in the league.
9 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have seen their national TV broadcasts double from nine to 18 games for this upcoming season, and Giannis is a huge reason for that. KD will soon take the league from LeBron, but Giannis could one day be the player to take the torch from Durant.
8 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns is right on the edge of jumping to that top tier of NBA talent. With Jimmy Butler on the court, he will certainly have the media attention. Dark horse MVP candidate for this season.
7 – Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: I could honestly bump Kawhi down another spot or two, but I feel like he’s already low at seven.
6 – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans: I’m hoping this experiment with Davis and Cousins ends up working out. It would be nice for Davis’ insane talents to translate into some more wins and thus, more coverage. Easily one of the most underrated players in the league.
Monster game from Anthony Davis!
— NBA (@NBA) October 9, 2017
5 – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: His triple doubles are a product of the system he’s in, but he’s fun to watch and extremely petty. He’s the most entertaining player in the league, but will have to settle for top five on this list.
4 – James Harden, Houston Rockets: Harden has made it work with Durant and Westbrook, he’s made it work with Dwight Howard, he’s made it work with Kevin McHale and Mike D’Antoni. He will make it work with Chris Paul too.
3 – Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors: When I hear older NBA fans talk about how stars today couldn’t hang with the stars of their time, I get really angry. After I’m done being angry, I try to think about how the game has changed during my time as a fan. Recent history has seen the NBA evolve into a fast paced, three point focused league. Steph is the face of that movement.
2 – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors: He will likely go down as the top scorer in NBA history, and certainly feels like a good bet to claim a few more championship rings before he calls it quits. Kevin if you’re reading this, retweet this from all your social media accounts I will move you to number one.
1 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron has the perfect combination of talent and concern over public opinion. He’s going to end up averaging a triple double for three straight seasons at the tail end of his career just to show he could. I’m going to miss LeBron so much.
Check out the rest of the list below:
100-81: Features Rookie Jayson Tatum, vets Dirk and Wade
80-61: Features Big Baller Lonzo Ball, Sixers’ Ben Simmons
60-41: NBA Top 100: 60-41 has Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters
40-21: Features Carmelo, Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin
20-1: Features Durant, Lebron, Harden & more
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